Nobody wants to talk about death, the elephant in the room. We all act as if will never happen to us and go about living our same lives the same way every day. But what if you changed your perspective? What if you, instead of thinking about the life you've lived thus far, started to think about how many years you have left. Would you make choices, some which that might change your life from this point moving forward? Each week, The Bucket founder David Abend brings you a different perspective on mortality. Listen in to how he and his team are re-branding death and mortality into a positive force for change and good.
Kate Manser: “We think we have time”
"It’s easy to get caught up in the crap of life where we get stressed out and get frustrated. That’s why it’s important to have reminders that life is short. And pep talks when we’re down.” If you’re in need of a pep talk on the living life to its fullest, then cue up this podcast with Kate Manser, author of the book, and creator of the website, “You Might Die Tomorrow (So Live For Today)”. Hear how Kate turned her death anxiety into a “not living an awesome life anxiety” and started living her best life. From her “Death bed gut check” to her personal “Wake Up Calls,” Kate’s energy and enthusiasm is both refreshing and inspiring and will help you make choices that could help you lead a happier life, and die with fewer regrets.
Tunng: Talks Dead Club
Why does a folktronica band embark on an album about death and dying? Find out in this revealing podcast with Sam Genders and Becky Jacobs, two of the founding members of the English band, Tunng, that recently released a 12 song album and eight episode podcast called, Tunng presents…Dead Club. “We are a band that is known for being playful and for being fun,” Jacobs tells us. “I think that that's possibly one of the reasons that there was some kind of discussion about whether this was an appropriate subject for us.” Hear why the project started and how it grew to become not only profoundly impactful but unexpectedly uplifting as well.
David Abend: The Bucket Explained
Can embracing your mortality lead to a more fulfilling life? Yes, says David Abend, founder of The Bucket, an online magazine that helps you live fully and die well. In this episode, David talks about all things Bucket. From the genesis of the idea more than 30 years ago, to the clarity of the “Zoo” metaphor, David explains the counterintuitive value of embracing one’s own mortality. He also introduces us to the concept of everyone having a Bucket Age — the number of years you likely have left to live — and how calculating yours can be a catalyst to making decisions that can change your life for the better.
Dr. BJ Miller & Shoshana Berger: Miss the Bus
“Miss the bus.” That’s the advice of renowned palliative care doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger, editorial director of the global design firm IDEO. Together, they wrote the breakthrough book, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice on Living Life and Facing Death.” In this podcast we discuss their refreshing approach to managing both the practical and emotional baggage of dying. As well as the ways in which everyday obstacles, like missing the bus, can actually be a catalyst for seeing — and living — life in a whole new way.
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra: Happiness is a Choice
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, a motivational speaker, an accomplished author and a man who is often referred to as a happiness guru. Why? Find out in this fascinating podcast in which Dr. Chopra explains the four traits of happiness and how anyone can choose to achieve them. In this episode of The Bucket Podcast, Chopra talks about his new book, The Two Most Important Days, and shares colorful stories, quotes and lessons from a lifetime pursuit of helping people discover that happiness is something we can all create for ourselves. Explains Chopra, “We are all gurus. We are all on a journey. We are all seekers.”
Andy Wirth: Death Song
Life is precious. And no one knows that more than Andy Wirth. Andy recently retired as the CEO and President of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort. He’s also a former backcountry ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2013, while skydiving over Lodi, California, a perfect storm of events caused Andy to collide with a high-tension wire that severed his right arm at the elbow. What happened next has got to be heard to be believed. It all started with Andy, a trained first-responder himself, following the advice he had given countless victims he had encountered in trauma situations in the past: Just breathe.
I love this podcast. It is inspirational and thought provoking. Helps me hone in and focus on what is important.
I love listening to The Bucket Podcast. The content is unique and digestible. It’s more inspiration than depressing, even though some may find thinking about mortality depressing. I find it gets the wheels turning about my next adventure!
Incredible stories from incredible people! Can't wait for more episodes.